First Semester on the Paw Print

First Semester on the Paw Print

Jordan Bivins

With the end of the semester coming around the corner and finals in only two days, review has become a big source of my time. This is my first year at Hamilton High School and on a newspaper. It would be a lie to say it was a fun semester, but it would also be a lie to say I hated it. My first day of high school was on a computer, and the first quarter was interesting. It was waking up ten minutes before I had to be on a google meet. It was sitting at my desk from 7:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. It was also a calamity of procrastination. I do miss sleeping in an extra thirty minutes, eating lunch with my sister, and not having to dress nice for school. 

My first in person day of High school came on Oct. 13. Now, for the past two months, it’s been waking up an hour before school, making my lunch the night before and waiting in the parking lot before I have to go to class. Being in school has been easier and harder. It’s easier to learn and study, but there’s also the worry about others and my own safety. Writing for the Paw Print has definitely been a highlight of the semester. I have loved being on the opinion/ current events beat and writing about my opinions and informing others about what’s going on in the world. My favorite of my articles have been “Importance of Your Ballot”, “Does Social Media Hurt our Mental Health?” and “Covid Fatigue”. These articles were definitely the harvest to write but also the most rewarding. It’s also been great to meet new people in journalism that also enjoy writing and editing for the newspaper. In all, my first semester as a freshman in High school has been impactful to say the least and I’m excited to write more articles come the new year.